Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount brokerage Charles Schwab (NYS: SCHW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Schwab's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
San Francisco (1971)
Investment banking and brokerage
CEO Walter Bettinger II (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
Sources: S&P Capital IQ, Morningstar, and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, reidabook3 tapped Schwab as an attractive value pick:
Undeserved beating recently. Still making respectable earnings despite the low interest rates. They should see a little boost from brokerage fees from all the recent high volume. I like them over TD Ameritrade since they've now got [OptionsXpress]. I don't think this has been fairly priced in yet.
In fact, according to Morningstar, Schwab currently sports a PEG ratio of just 0.7. That represents a slight discount to competitors like E*TRADE (1.1), TD AMERITRADE (0.9), and T. Rowe Price (1.5).
CAPS member astephan elaborates on the Schwab bull case:
Among consumer finance companies and brokerages I think Schwab stands out as a stable, honest brand with good customer service and reasonable prices. They are the new Merrill Lynch now that Merrill Lynch ... lost the right to consider itself as stable and solid as a bull.
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